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While former Kansas star Josh Jackson has yet to workout for the Boston Celtics, the possibility of him going to them at No. 1 has gained momentum, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.
Up until now, it was widely assumed that the Celtics were going to draft point guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick, but general managers around the league believe Jackson, not Fultz, is the player that Danny Ainge has had his eyes on from day one.
“I’ve picked Danny’s brain for years,” one anonymous GM said. “Jackson is an Ainge player all the way. Tough, athletic, long, versatile, elite motor. If he’s keeping the pick, Jackson just to me, far and away, is the most Celtics-type player for them to draft. From all my conversations with them, I’m convinced they’ll take Jackson No. 1.”
In his lone season of college ball, Jackson averaged 16.3 points per game while shooting an efficient 51.3 percent from the field.
“We like him a lot,” a Celtics source told ESPN about Jackson. “But we like several guys a lot. We’ve got a week to figure it out.”
Many scouts believe Jackson will be an immediate impact player in the NBA because of his size (6’8), explosiveness and ability to defend positions 1-4. His jump shot needs to be improved but it’s rare that you’ll find any rookie who doesn’t have some shooting mechanic issues.
Jackson has a high motor and plays hard no matter what the score is. The added bonus with Jackson is that he has a lot of value on the court even when his shot isn’t falling, a trait NBA teams love about him.